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Champions #22 Reviews

Black Nerd Problems: 8.5/10 “Champions continues to be a fun ride with a great cast of young heroes just trying to do the right thing and make a difference.”

Bleeding Cool: 7.5/10 “another strong installment for Marvel’s crew of young heroes. The characters are engaging and endearing, the story is interesting once it gets rolling, and the artwork is solid.”

Comic Book University: “A whole bunch of amazing stuff in here. So good.”

Comic Book.com: 10/10 “This is truly a master class in orchestrating a team dynamic. At one point or another, nearly every member of the Champions is given a vital role, and they all have to depend on one another.”

Comic Frontline: 9/10 “I think the best part of this issue is the emotional connections we finally get to form with this team, I feel like Viv and my emotions have been turned on.”

Comic-Watch: 10/10 “a strong, well-written team book that is a worthy modern successor to past offerings like the original New Mutants and New Warriors and consistently leaves you wanting more. This book earns the highest of recommendations.”

Geeked Out Nation: 8.6/10 ” This is one of the more engaging of the ongoing Marvel titles out there and delivers genuine storytelling.”

Rogues Portal: “Zub in particular is adept at nailing the emotional stakes of his characters, no matter how big or small they may be, so who better than him to herd this group of emotional, hormonal teens?”

Shoot The Breeze: 9.8/10 “Jim Zub continues to delight and entertain with Champions, taking advantage of every potential story-opportunity to grow the characters, ensuring a very rewarding experience for loyal readers!”

South African Radio Interview

Champions artist Sean Izaakse and I were guests at Radio 702 in Johannesburg talking to Azania Mosaka, one of the biggest talk radio hosts in South Africa. We chatted live on-air for a full hour about comics, storytelling, pop culture, and the Icon convention. You can listen to the full interview here:

Mystery In Madripoor #2 Reviews

Adventures In Poor Taste: 9.5/10 “The combination of developed world-building, fantastic art, and witty dialogue makes for a solid issue in what’s proving to be a promising miniseries.”

Caped-Joel: “In terms of character depth and complexity this might be the best of the Hunt For Wolverine mini-series.”

Comic Book University: “This is awesome…I love that Zub has respect for the Kitty Pryde & Wolverine mini-series.”

Fortress Of Solitude: 7.5/10 “I’m really liking the anime-style art this book is using. It fits the story and setting really well.”

Heroes At The Summit: “the world building taking place in this title is masterful. The art is so important to show the heartbeat of a location and showing off the many layers of Madripoor gives the book a deeper meaning.”

Keeping Up With The X-Men: “It very much feels like when Patch wandered the streets of Madripoor hiding in plain sight.”

The Toronto Star Talks About Canadian Superheroes

Raju Mudhar at the Toronto Star put together a pretty extensive article about Canadian superheroes as part of their Canada Day coverage and Snowguard is front and center. Check it out!

Champions #21 and Infinity Countdown: Champions #1 Reviews

CHAMPIONS #21

Black Nerd Problems: 8.5/10 “What I continue to love about Izaakse’s art is that he has such a pitch-perfect grasp on everyone’s power. Just pay close attention to every panel during the fight scenes and you’ll see that every hero is represented to the fullest.”

Bleeding Cool: 8.5/10 “a fun and action-packed issue with a compelling conflict with intriguing implications. This is an all-around strong issue giving the reader conflict and character”

Comic Book.com: 10/10 “This comic has loads, and loads, and LOADS of heart. All people deserve to have a voice, no matter where they come from, and Champions makes sure we all understand that. This book is quickly becoming a must-read for any and all comics fans.”

Comic-Watch: 9/10 “This book earns a strong recommendation, especially at the end of its first arc. It’s got everything a comics fan could ask for – great characters, beautiful art, amazing action scenes, and sparkling dialogue.”

Marvel Report: 10/10 “The choice to put Zub and Izaakse on Champions is one of the best decisions that Marvel’s made in recent months.”

Shoot the Breeze: 9.8/10 “This has been a VERY FUN, VERY VIBRANT start to writer Jim Zub & artist Sean Izaaske’s new run on Champions”

INFINITY COUNTDOWN: CHAMPIONS #1

Bleeding Cool: 8/10 “a nice first step for this tie-in two-shot. Its characters are endearing, it’s story compelling, and the art is solid and fitting for the narrative.”

Comic Book.com: 8/10 “writer Jim Zub continues to knock it out of the park with this coming-of-age superhero troop.”

Comic-Watch: 10/10 “a well-written, beautifully illustrated space adventure, with beautiful art and some great character work.”

Do You Even Comic Book: 10/10 “the best Infinity Countdown tie-in yet. As a book it knows exactly what it is and successfully balances the needs of the cosmic story line with an honest Champions adventure.”

Heroes At The Summit: Grade A “Written with a youthful flare and drawn with poise, this issue is a compelling story of hope and desire.”

Shoot the Breeze: 9.8/10 “This story is a very effective character-piece for [Nova]. The art by Emilio Laiso is equally effective, showing a wide-range of expressive faces and the Champions all look very distinct!”

Snowguard on CBC’s The National

Nyla Innuksuk and I spoke to CBC’s The National all about developing Snowguard, a new Inuk Canadian superhero in the Marvel Universe. Lots of great artwork from Sean Izaakse, Marcio Menyz, and RB Silva on Canadian national TV (plus a nice peak at The Beguiling comic shop downtown) as we talk about story, character, and representation. Give it a watch!

Zub Marvel Comics Arriving in September 2018

CHAMPIONS #24
JIM ZUB (W) • SEAN IZAAKSE (A)
COVER BY R.B. SILVA

THE CHAMPIONS GRAPPLE WITH A FOE THAT ALL THE SUPER-POWERS IN THE WORLD CANNOT VANQUISH!

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

HUNT FOR WOLVERINE Hardcover
Written by CHARLES SOULE, TOM TAYLOR, MARIKO TAMAKI, JIM ZUB & MORE
Penciled by DAVID MARQUEZ, PAULO SIQUEIRA, MATTEO BUFFAGNI, R.B. SILVA, BUTCH GUICE, THONY SILAS & MORE
Cover by STEVE MCNIVEN

Wolverine is back — but where is he? Just as the X-Men finally come to terms with Logan’s death, a shocking revelation reopens old wounds — and an epic quest begins across the Marvel Universe. But who will solve the puzzle first? Will it be Daredevil, Misty Knight and their crack squad of investigators? Or Logan’s fellow New Avengers: Iron Man, Spider-Man, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage? Or perhaps Sabretooth, Lady Deathstrike and Daken will track him down! With mystery in Madripoor and around the globe, the return of Wolverine will keep you guessing — right until the end!

Collecting HUNT FOR WOLVERINE #1, HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: WEAPON LOST #1-4, HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: ADAMANTIUM AGENDA #1-4, HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: CLAWS OF A KILLER #1-4, HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: MYSTERY IN MADRIPOOR #1-4 and HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: DEAD ENDS, plus the WHERE’S WOLVERINE pages from throughout the Marvel Universe.

432 PGS./Parental Advisory …$50.00
ISBN: 978-1-302-91301-4
Trim size: Oversized

Champions Interview at CBR

I spoke to Dave Richards at Comic Book Resources about Champions – our special 2-part Infinity Countdown tie-in story, the changing team dynamic, and more! Give it a read to see what’s coming up for Marvel’s teen super team.

Mystery In Madripoor #1 Reviews

The first issue of Hunt For Wolverine: Mystery In Madripoor arrived in stores last week. Let’s see what reviewers thought of our opening chapter…

Adventures In Poor Taste: 8/10 “A good issue due to the strong team dynamics and a killer opening fight scene. If you’re at all a fan of Wolverine’s period in Madripoor give this a shot.”

Caped-Joel: 7.5/10 “As Jim Zub has shown time and time again, he has a flare for team dynamics, especially big teams like this one here.”

Comic Book University: Grade=A+ “This was great. I loved every single aspect of this comic book. For all intents and purposes, it was perfect.”

Comic Watch: 8/10 “I think the writing from Zub is good and in places quite inspired and I enjoyed that there is a genuine edge of tension between the allies which comes off the pages from the beginning. Thony Silas’s art is a beautiful balance of angles and sharp edges”

Comicsverse: 9.5/10 “the perfect testament to the mutant team and their connection to Wolverine. Zub, Silas, and Sobreiro are a creative dream-team”

Film Exodus: “Writer Jim Zub and artist Thony Silas give the ladies their time to shine in this miniseries. The group Zub brings together is fun, feisty, and fearless. The superheroines each had a special place in Wolverine’s life and it’s nice to see how they each affected Logan in their own way.”

Fortress In Solitude: 8.5/10 “An interesting tie-in to the Hunt For Wolverine…They did a great job showing how Wolverine touched each character’s life.”

Heroes At The Summit: “Zub plays the story off of the history instead of letting the history tell the story. The art contained in the panels and pages of this book fit the story wonderfully. The opening fight sequence showcasing Wolverine is a work of perfection”

Super Powered Fancast: 8/10 “The writer chose a great focus for this story and the art work really complimented the narrative style.”

Rogues Portal: “Mystery in Madripoor #1 really reminds the reader all the distinct roles that Wolverine took on in his life. It is obvious that Zub took the time to understand the complicated character that Wolverine is and show that to the reader.”

Champions #20 Reviews

Our second issue of Champions arrived in stores last week. What did reviewers think? Let’s find out…

Black Nerd Problems: 8.5/10 “Their adventures are often reflective of the complex nature of most real world situations. I like that there is never a simple answer to the things that they encounter.”

Caped-Joel: 7/10 “Overall this continues to be a fun little story.”

Comic Book.com: 8/10 “The teenage Champions, who are gelling together better than ever, are put in a difficult place when facing the decision of whether or not to trust the all-knowing adult in front of them. It’s a wonderful allegory of teens today, struggling to figure out who and what they can believe or trust.”

Comic Book University: Grade=A “This is a superstar team writing and drawing a wonderful and compelling comic book.”

Comic-Watch: 8/10 “Champions is still consistently good and I have high hopes for this beginning arc…With Jim Zub at the helm, this book is in good hands.”

Major Spoilers: 8/10 “Champions #20 takes that compelling group of weirdos and stand-ins and makes them something entirely unique, giving them a villain they can’t just punch and playing with the team’s ‘Save The World For Tomorrow’ themes, all the while showing off excellent art and character interactions”

Multiversity: “What it lacks in risks, this issue makes up for in the things you hope to get from a Marvel book every month: fun team dynamics, a breezy, intriguing plot, and a conflict taken from right outside your window.”

Newsarama: 8/10 “Sean Izaakse and Marcio Menyz do a stellar job capturing the winter beauty of northern Canada; the winter wardrobe additions for the Champions are also fantastic touches, including Spider-Man’s very cute Spidey beanie.”